LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The sale of two communication towers in Deep East Texas will not be happening according to two county judges.
According to Houston County Judge Erin Ford and Trinity County Judge Steven Page, East Texas Medical Center has pulled their offer to sell the their two 400- foot tall towers in Groveton and Crockett. Both towers are currently being used by the counties for emergency services.
"We received a letter from ETMC that said they would continue the lease with us, " Ford said. "This is the best option for us at this time. Hopefully we can continue our relationship with them."
In June, it was announced by Ford and Page that ETMC had contacted the two counties and told them the towers would be for sale with a price tag of around $400,000.
"I've talked with a few people who understand these towers, and they have valued a used tower like the ones Ford and I are dealing with to around $150,000 on the high end," Page said back in June.
Both counties said they were willing to explore other options, which included using other towers in the area.
KTRE reached out to ETMC for comment but as of 5 p.m. did not receive any call back.